14 October 2017 - 4 November 2017



Saturday 28 October 2017 at 10:30 AM


Augustine Hall


£14 - £35


In the 1960s and 1970s the term ‘Canterbury Sound’ was used to refer to the psychedelic and progressive rock developed by artists such as Caravan and Soft Machine.

This day-long event looks at the development of the Canterbury Sound as an inter-generational, local and international cultural phenomenon.

Talks by various artists and academics during the day will be followed by performances in the evening by two key bands, the Soup Songs – assembled with the support of Robert Wyatt – and Lapis Lazuli, who push the boundaries of musical styles with their brand of prog rock. Also appearing will be Jack Hues and the Quartet, and Koloto. 



10:30 – 18:00 - Daytime programme

19:00 – 22:00 - Evening performance


There will be discussion on exploring the Canterbury Sound, guest speakers include:

Brian Hopper, (Wilde Flowers, The Soup Songs) musician and archivist 

Professor Andy Bennett, Griffith University 

Dr Matt Watkins, fan and DiY archivist 

Jack Hues, musician and lecturer 

Professor Murray Smith, University of Kent

Alan Payne, PhD researcher University of Kent

Dr Asya Draganova, Birmingham City University

Professor Shane Blackman, Canterbury Christ Church University.


Ticket prices:

Early bird day tickets (purchased by 30 Sept): £30 full price, £20 for students
Day tickets (purchased after 30 Sept): £35 full price, £25 for students
Evening only tickets (SoupSongs and Lapis Lazuli performance): £20 full price, £14 for students


Tickets ONLY available to purchase through Canterbury Christ Church University Box Office:

Telephone: 01227 782994 
Online: click here

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Augustine Hall

Canterbury Christ Church University Library, Rhodaus Town, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2YA

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